While he may not have realized it at the time, Fred Rogers, otherwise known as “Mr. Rogers” on the children’s television program “Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood,” may have been anti-trans and also prophetic about the culture in America more than 40 years ago.
A devoted Christian, Rogers, who hosted the program on Public Broadcasting Service from 1968 to 2001, sang a song called “Everybody’s Fancy” in several episodes. In the song, Rogers proclaims, “Boys are boys from the beginning, and girls are girls right from the start. Everybody’s fancy, everybody’s fine. Your body’s fancy and so is mine.”
It is a far cry from what is happening in American culture today, as “gender identity” and transgenderism have become popular not only with adults but also with children.
So why is this song suddenly becoming an issue, when culture seems to have accepted transgenderism as the norm in America?
The video of the song recently resurfaced on the popular social media outlet TikTok (see below), and it has garnered more than 308,000 views since being posted in mid-January. Was the iconic and beloved children’s program host “Mr. Rogers” trying to warn society against promoting transgenderism?
TRIGGER WARNING. ⚠️ This is the most upsetting thing you will see all weekend. pic.twitter.com/eVLPZ3J3RI
— Dr. Jebra Faushay (@JebraFaushay) January 14, 2023
One Twitter user, @theonewhoknocks, believes so.
“Mister Rogers knew something way back in 1980 and tried to warn us. We laughed at him because we thought what he said was silly and nonsense.”
In one episode of the program, outside of the song, Rogers said, “If you’re a boy, you stay a boy.” He also said, “when you are born a girl baby you grow up to be a bigger girl and [then] a woman.
The song also states that, “Only girls can grow up to be the mommy. Only boys can grow up to be the daddy.”
A recent Pew Center Research survey finds that 1.6% of U.S. adults “identify” as transgender. Even “Christian” churches are becoming temples to drag queens, as Charisma News reported last August.
Another Twitter user sarcastically commented, “I trust Mr. Rogers more than Dr. Fauci with my health.”
Charisma News columnist Dr. Michael Brown wrote in a Dec. 2022 article: “This is cultural madness, plain and simple, and I will not tone down my rhetoric in an effort to appear moderate and balanced.”
Rogers stayed true to his beliefs throughout his life, including in this interview with Johnny Carson when he said “Everybody’s Fancy” is important because “sometimes children think they might change—they might have to change after a while. … You know, we laugh about that now, but it’s because we had that concern when we were little.”
Leviticus 18:22 reads, “You shall not lie with a man as one does with a woman. It is an abomination,” while Leviticus 20:13 reads, “If a man lies with another man as with a woman, both of them have committed an abomination. They shall surely be put to death. Their blood guilt shall be upon them.”
Whether it was intentional or not, it appears as if Fred Rogers, through the song “Everybody’s Fancy,” prophesied what American culture would be like in the 21st century. And if you couldn’t trust “Mr. Rogers,” who can you trust?
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Shawn A. Akers is the online editor at Charisma Media.